[PATCH] lowmemorykiller: prevent multiple instances of low memory killer

Dan Carpenter dan.carpenter at oracle.com
Mon Apr 15 14:13:59 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 03:38:08PM +0200, Dolkow, Snild wrote:
> >Where is lowmem_shrink called from?  I only see shrink called from the
> >bcache sysfs handler __bch_cache_set().  The return value isn't checked
> >there.
> >
> >Up to now this function has only returns positive numbers.
> >
> >There isn't a place which check LMK_BUSY so maybe it's best to just
> >return zero?
> Hey Dan,
> lowmem_shrink is assigned to a shrinker struct
> (include/linux/shrinker.h) and called in do_shrinker_shrink() in
> mm/vmscan.c. That, in turn, is called and checked in a few places
> in vmscan.c.
> >From the comments in shrinker.h: 
> "It should return the number of objects which remain in the
> cache. If it returns -1, it means it cannot do any scanning at
> this time (eg. there is a risk of deadlock). The callback must not
> return -1 if nr_to_scan is zero."

Ah.  Good.  -1 is the right return.

But really should be a #define in shrinker.h instead of in

dan carpenter

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